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Participation in the political processes of government, including advocacy and campaign financing, can be a highly effective way for a company or organization to have its voice heard and its policy positions considered by the decision makers in Washington. Both the participant and the decision maker, however, must ensure that ethical boundaries are not inadvertently crossed. With former senior government and political officials on our bipartisan Government Relations team, Bracewell provides clients with sound and practical counsel on an array of ethics issues. Our election law attorneys assist individuals, companies and business associations in successfully pursuing their objectives in the campaign finance arena, consistent with the intricate and often-confusing laws that govern political contributions and related activities. 

Bracewell advises clients throughout the United States on federal, state and local campaign finance laws. Our lawyers offer guidance on the permissibility of corporate contributions, acceptable contribution limits, in-kind contributions, and restrictions on contributions from Political Action Committees (PACs) and tax-favored institutions.

From our office in Washington, D.C., we work closely with clients, regulators, legislative committees, federal agencies and law-enforcement officials in all areas of PAC creation and operations, political fundraising and congressional gifts rules, including:

  • Federal Election Commission (FEC) reporting requirements and completion of FEC forms
  • Reimbursement and refund of excessive contributions
  • Reattribution and redesignation of excessive contributions to other individuals and election 
  • Use of corporate facilities for administrative purposes of the PAC and fundraising for 
  • Use of corporate jets by candidates
  • Use of payroll deductions for PAC contributions
  • Research of PAC contributions to candidates
  • Review and analysis of FEC Advisory Opinions and Matters Under Review
  • Soft money contributions to national political parties
  • Individual, corporate and lobbyist gifts to congressional members and staff.